Joints are the point at which the bones connect in the body. Structured to allow movement of the knees and elbows for example, they are protected by a layer of cartilage to prevent friction between the bones and allow for function and movement. The cartilage that coats the joints can wear down or erode over time either through chronic strain and injuries, or as a result of joint disease, like osteoarthritis. Once the cartilage and connective tissue becomes damaged or eroded, it does not regenerate on its own, which can lead to inflammation, pain, problems with movement, and permanent joint damage in some cases.
Dr. Steven Meier, an orthopedic surgeon and joint regeneration specialist at Meier Orthopedic Sports and Regenerative Medicine in Beverly Hills, has been helping patients recover from debilitating joint injuries with cutting-edge regenerative medicine techniques.
What is Regenerative Medicine?
In the past, patients suffering from cartilage degeneration and connective tissue and joint damage were often limited to surgical transplantation or joint replacement in severe cases, sometimes with limited results. With the use of stem cells and platelet-rich plasma, naturally occurring substances in the human body, Dr. Meier and his team can treat patients for some orthopedic conditions with new regenerative medicine techniques.
Some of the options available at Meier Orthopedic Sports and Regenerative Medicine include:
- Stem Cell Therapy
- Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy
Joint pain can stem from a variety of sources, from chronic injuries typically seen in professional athletes and highly active individuals, to older adults suffering from arthritis or a traumatic injury. Joint pain can affect patients of all ages and lifestyles, and while the appropriate treatment option will vary from patient to patient, regeneration through stem cell or PEP is an exciting new modality that can potentially save an injured or deteriorated joint.
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